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Chronicles of a simple girl in a sparkling world


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Happy Birthday, Stinky Devil!

Today, we had another doggie birthday in the Bremer house! Pugsleigh turned 2! I’m slightly concerned for what her terrible two’s will be like since she got her nickname “Devil” when she was a puppy and not much has changed! She got a devil toy and i baked her my doggie birthday cake. I will admit. I wasn’t near as prepared as last time and forgot to tell Mom to get the milk bones and beggin’ strips. Whoops. They still seemed pleased!

Happy birthday, you stinky stinky devil!

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Scatterbrain central.

So, of course, last night after I posted, I remembered things that I should have put in my post.

First, and foremost, we picked up our bridesmaids dresses for my sister’s wedding! EEEK. They are so gorgeous and I can’t wait for everyone to see them!

Second, my house smells delicious. My sister got me this amazing candle from Bath and Body Works. If you haven’t been there to check out their fall scents. DO. IT. NOW. You won’t regret it. Thanks, Brittney!

Tonight, I went to Petsmart, Walgreens for things I forgot at the grocery store, cooked dinner and cleaned. This weekend is Pugsleigh’s 2nd birthday, so obviously she needed a toy. And Levi’s adoptiversary just passed. And you know, I can’t leave the others out! 🙂 I’ll be making birthday cake again this weekend!

For dinner tonight, I made spaghetti with spaghetti squash and ground turkey. It was really good and super easy! You should try it. I would have had salad, but I make homemade ranch (thanks, Uncle Looch!) and I forgot milk at the grocery store and Walgreen’s today. I’m not going back to the grocery store until Sunday so my lettuce will probably be bad by then. Joy. I hate wasting money. Oh and I just realized I need mayo too. #foodfail

I cleaned bathrooms. I broke a sweat. That has to be the worst chore ever. Especially toilets. Except that Clorox has made handy wand things with the cleaning stuff in them that you can throw away. Can Clorox please make those for the shower? I’d greatly appreciate it. Oh, and my bathroom has granite. And a stand alone shower. I used about 245 different cleaning products for my bathroom alone. Bathroom cleaning will be my go to punishment if I ever have heathens kids. On top of that, made pigs in the blankets for breakfast tomorrow, cleaned my kitchen, and washed the sheets on the guest bed. Which means, I need visitors!

Oh, and girls, need a reason/reminder to take off your makeup at night so you don’t get wrinkles? Get white sheets. When you wake up with an outline of your face on your pillow, you remember veryyyyy quickly.

As most of you have probably noticed, I’m blonde. Platinum blonde pretty much. I love it. Butttt, this means your hair is super dry. So, I’ve been trying to wash my hair less. Well, I think I’ve taken it too far. When 2 times in the same week, that just happen to be the days I washed my hair, people ask if I’ve gotten my hair done because it looks good, probably means I should wash it more frequently. Woops. 🙂 Do these people know how much work my hair is!? It doesn’t magically become dry and straight!

Most exciting, my rug gets delivered tomorrow!! Well, supposed to! I just got the shipping notification so if it arrives in one day, I am going to be SOOOOO excited! Slowly, but surely, one piece at a time, it is all falling into place.

It’s 10 pm and Chelsea Lately should be on. I miss that dang show. It was hilarious.

Anyways, I need to go to bed. Gym tomorrow morning. #girlswholift is the most ridiculous hashtag ever.

Oh and go read my post from last night because not enough of you did! 🙂

xoxo jenn


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Time flies when you’re having fun..or maybe time just flies.

OH. MY. WORD.

It’s already been a month since I wrote my last post. Never mind the fact that I just posted it a couple of weeks ago. I literally cannot believe it. I’ve known for quite some time that my fall was just going to be ridiculously packed. Since my birthday, I have plans for every weekend through December. I KNOW! Ridiculous, right?! It’s all good, fun things, but time is seriously flying by! We are only 61 days from my sister’s wedding!!

This post is going to be a big rant about life and everything that has happened in the past month.

LIFE. 

Aggie football started back up. My heart is happy. I feel like life is complete again. We BTHO South Carolina. It was AMAZING. We’re currently 4-0 but the other teams we have beat are Lamar, Rice, and SMU. We’ve tailgated twice. WHOOP. The Lamar game was ridiculously hot. We had a 2 hour delay because of lightening. The Rice game was freezing and I was prepared for hot. It’s how it goes. Oh, the Rice game it also rained the week and day before. Drizzle the day of. We play Arkansas this weekend in Dallas. The next home game is Ole Miss. I’m so excited. Not only because it’s another home game, but Aliesha is coming in for it! Can’t wait to see her face! Should be a great tailgate.

The new Kyle Field is just perfect. I can’t wait to see it complete next season.

I got so sick this past week. The mold allergies just kicked my butt. I don’t have cedar fever, but now feel for those who do. It is truly miserable.

One plus I’ve found to living in the South part of town, is that I’m with all the hippies. I’m not a hippie or even close to it. And said hippies are all organic/natural people. They don’t wax anything. 🙂 Which means, I don’t have to plan ahead to get my eyebrows waxes because they ALWAYSSSS have appointments! Woohoo! I’m quite the procrastinator.

House.

I’ve been in over a month! I didn’t even celebrate one month because it came and went so fast that I didn’t realize it until the day after! I even missed my Aggie rings birthday!

I’ve been shopping. 🙂

I got a couch. I got more throw pillows. I got a lawnmower. I got hedge clippers. I got curtains for my bedroom. I ordered a rug. I got curtain rods. My dad gave me an old drill. I got a coffee table from my aunt and uncles house.

Other than that, I feel like I’ve made little progress. Oh, and I’ve learned I’m not a handy person to have around. I’m probably more of a hazard. (Sorry, Mom, that you’re reading this. Please don’t worry too much. I won’t use a saw of any kind. Or really anything more than a drill and my lawnmower.)

And I realized I haven’t posted a picture of my bedroom (or any room) yet. I’m obsessed with my bedroom; I really am. I can’t wait to show it off except it’s an absolute disaster. I have a friend who is refinishing a dresser for me, but the dang drawer pulls didn’t come in so that I could get it this past weekend. Check out her stuff here. I’m hoping for this coming weekend. It will really help me become less stressed about my bedroom. I bought wicker drawers for a shelf thing I already had from target hoping that would tie me over until I got my actual dresser. But, go figure, I bought the wrong size. So all of that is just sitting in my closet. I have bags of clothes, and shoes, and scarves everywhere. I need to buy more clothes hangers. Except I want the wood ones. Thank you Ikea for being so cheap.

I am really struggling with the whole organization thing. I need to buy big furniture pieces. Except they aren’t near as fun as buying decorations. Except that I hate not having the big pieces because there is just random stuff everywhere and I shop and then I can’t find anything I like that’s even remotely reasonable. It’s a real battle in my brain. I hate having champagne taste on a beer budget. I really want this awesome lazy susan thing for my shoes. It costs $300. I just can’t do it. I wish I was better with power tools. I’m learning. I used a drill for the first time (and was successful) yesterday. I can’t use the function of it where you drill the screw directly into the wall yet. Baby steps. And I can’t get a hole through one of my walls around my window. I thought it was a stud, but can’t get it through for the life of me. Anyone wanna make the shoe thing for me? I’ll buy the materials and pay some labor. You know my birthday did just pass. And Christmas is coming up. 🙂 Oh and there’s this GORGEOUS mirror at Star Furniture if anyone is feeling REALLY generous.

I still have yet to even get close to finishing a room. It’s pretty annoying to be honest. I am getting my kitchen table and then starting to finish off rooms.

So, I will admit, my lawnmower story is pretty freaking funny. I grew up on acreage. We didn’t push mow. We had a riding lawnmower or you hopped on the tractor with the shredder. So, at 24, I learned to push mow. Kinda. I got a self propeller one. I might as well have been a 10 year old learning. Luckily, my dad was in town (and also picked out my mower) so I was under adult supervision. I made the mistake of starting in my front yard. The one with no boundaries between me and my neighbors. People NEVER mention that they don’t have wheels that turn. I almost went into my neighbors yard without control of this thing. And it doesn’t reverse. My dad LITERALLY shook his head and laughed. I had to kill the engine multiple times to regroup. I’m fairly certain he was quite embarrassed that his daughter couldn’t push mow. Anyways, I finished. I wouldn’t say I ever got the hang of it or that I did a great job. I certainly didn’t weed eat. I refuse. Regardless of how much I need to weed eat, I can’t. I feel like learning to push mow is enough for now. I’ll let y’all know if I’m any better after I do it again this week.

I also finally got my post office box key. We were about to start going around and around if they didn’t hurry up.

MAID OF HOTNESS. 

One of the things my sister wasn’t ever super concerned with was invitations. She found some things she liked, but ultimately I ended up designing them. She gave final sign off on all the proofs. We ordered from the Paper Place in Austin. They were great. And quick. So, Friday, we started addressing envelopes and tonight there’s an invitation party stuffing at her house! Hope y’all are having a great time, bridesmaids and recruits!

I have finally started finalizing bachelorette party plans and buying decorations! I am so excited to get everything set in stone! That is going to make a GREAT post.

This weekend kicks off the “real” wedding festivities as the first bridal shower is this weekend! I can’t wait to see what all the wonderful hostesses have put together! I’ll make sure to post about those later!

FAIR TIME IN TEXAS. 

So, I know a lot of you are from where I’m originally from but if not, fair time in Texas is a BIG deal. It’s our county fairs, they usually happen one week after the other. There’s a livestock show for 4-H and FFA kids, rodeos, carnivals and most of all CONCERTS. It’s just a happy time of year. We have a bigger homecoming for the fair than we do the football game! Oh, and we even get school days off for the fair because so many kids participate. Dad and I went and saw Randy Rogers Band this weekend at Brenham. 🙂

I’m sure more exciting things have happened and if so I’ll write another blog. I really am trying to stay caught up on this thing, but literally TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN! I’ll try to post more pictures as rooms get finished off.

Ok, I need to go grocery shop now before Monday Night Football and Dallas. <<Someone should wife me up soon. That’s dream wife material. TOTES kidding. Yes, I say totes for totally and obvi for obviously. Get over it. It’s my blog and I can talk how I want even if it annoys you. 🙂

xoxo jenn


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As close to 30 as I am 18.

OMG. This post is so late. I honestly kinda forgot about it. Enjoy!

This weekend was my birthday. Saturday to be exact (August 23). And in case you couldn’t figure out from the title, I’m 24. 🙂 And while I love birthdays, and think they are ALL important to celebrate like it’s your 21st, my birthday this year has been in the back of my mind not the front. A friend of mine actually asked why I hadn’t started my week long celebration yet. He questioned this because he hadn’t gotten any of my ridiculous snap chats. Thanks, Tyler :). Anyways, the reason it has been at the back of my mind, is because I was SOOOOO excited for my mom and dad to come to my house on Friday. When Mom got here, it meant shopping sprees to furnish my house and when dad got here, it meant my new bed that I’m in love with would finally be set up!

Knowing that my mom and dad would be coming, I really wanted to have most of my clothes moved. With that dumb closet project taking 3 days instead of one, that didn’t happen. I literally did a happy dance once I finished my closet. I finally had to give in and just do as much as I could at one time – and then I ran out of paint.

Friday, I went to lunch for world’s best mentor’s going away party. Cristen really deserves an entire blog post for herself, but I won’t bore all of you. Long story short, she’s responsible for my career. She was my chief of staff both legislative sessions I worked and introduced me to so many amazing people, including my current boss. And while I’ve detoured from our plan of me becoming a chief one day, I think she’s ok with it. 🙂 I can’t wait to plan a trip to California to visit her, and know she is going to turn California red! If anyone can do it, she is the girl! 🙂

So, anyways, back to my house. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but basically I had nothing left from college. A bed, a mattress, and some random things. Which means I get all new stuff! Mom and I planned to do Wal-Mart, Target, BB&B, and HEB for a grocery run. I feel sorry for everyone who doesn’t have HEB – it’s the best. Loveee grocery shopping. Love cooking. Love baking even more. I knew that accomplishing all of this would be quite the task. Especially since I’m not really a “let’s browse around and explore our options.” I’m more of a “get **** done” kinda girl. Hence, why I think my house needs to be fully furnished in the first month. So, mom was warned (as if she didn’t already know what she was getting herself into). Wal-Mart = BAD PLACE TO SHOP. EVER. I’m not a total fan of kids. And I’m less of a fan of kids when they scream. And they seem to a. follow me around and b. be everywhere in WalMart. After a little while, I told Mom we had to get out of there. I just needed to leave that place. We luckily got most of the things we needed there. After, Wal-Mart we went to BB&B and grabbed a few things. I was after a certain bath rug and a Magic Bullet (love this thing), but ended up finding some rugs for the half bath, and SUPER cute bathroom decorations. Oh and a front door mat. 🙂

We then headed home to unload my car and help my dad set up my beds. My new bed had 238947034985039845 parts. Whoops, sorry, Dad. So, that one took a while to get set up. My old bed that is in the guest room was super simple. Couple of clicks and we were good to go. Oh, except that we were missing some bolts. Evidently, they got lost in the move from College Station to home. Dad then headed home to go be with his favorite child, Dooney. Jk. He had to work the next morning. Mom and I did a call ahead for dinner and had about 30 minutes to spare, so we did a Target run in between beds and dinner. After dinner, we headed to HEB. It’s like eh, 10 by now. And I was worn out. Just plain tired. But, we did it. We unloaded groceries when we got home and then I went to bed while my mom continued to be productive. Seriously, I wouldn’t have gotten half of the stuff done that we did, if she wasn’t here. She’s basically a saint.

I had a bridal shower for Anne, who’s wedding I’m in the weekend before my sisters, Saturday morning. i offered to bring ham and swiss quiches and had to make those Saturday morning. Trying out my new oven as I’m headed to a party with food was probably not the smartest thing I could have done. But, it worked in my favor. My oven works great. My mom was a rock star – again – and helped me make quiches and get out the door so i could make it on time.

I originally couldn’t figure out how to work my dishwasher though. As it turns out, dishwashers have light switches that have to be on for them to work. Who knew?!

Saturday night, my actual birthday, I went to dinner at Las Fuentes with my family and then went to Midtown with Stephanie and Bern. Kathryn and Haley joined the party too for a bit. I even got to hang out with Lenee when she wasn’t working! yay! 🙂 That night ended like any birthday should, and that’s all I have to say about that. 🙂

Be looking for a more current blog post coming soon. I’ve made some good progress on my house 🙂

xoxo jenn


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happy adoptiversary, levi garrett!

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Today is this sweet boys unofficial adoptiversary!

Today is also his least favorite day of the year – opening day of dove season…

 

When I went to college 6 years ago, I didn’t plan to have a dog and left Lexi at home with my mom. Our neighbor left Levi when they moved out. He was completely matted and everyone shoo’ed him away when he came up to greet you when you got out of the car because he was pretty nasty. When they left him, my heart just couldn’t leave this dog without any care. (Not that he was getting any before that.) I went to Wal Mart and bought a $6 bag of dog food and a couple of bowls for food and water. I decided that I would try to find him a home and knew that I would need to clean him up a bit. I cut his matted hair and then Bobby Joe, one of our other neighbors on the street, and I gave him a bath. I will never forget that first bath! He wouldn’t get in the bath tub (yes, I gave him one inside) so Bobby Joe had to pick him up and put him in! After that, he was much better to maintain. I kept asking around if anyone wanted him, gave him the name Levi (actually Holly did), and bought him a bed for outside. He was kind of a community dog in that if I was gone for the weekend someone, usually Brian (another neighbor – we had some awesome people at Risky’s!), would come feed him for me. He was just the sweetest boy. Slowly, I started giving in. Ok – he can come inside when we get home from work, but he has to sleep outside. Ok – he can sleep inside. Ok – he can just stay inside all the time. Thanksgiving 2008 – sealed the deal that he was mine for good. I was going to be gone 5 days (since the A&M game was at t.u. that year) and no one would be there to feed him. I called and asked my parents if I could bring him home. They said yes. 6 years later, I couldn’t ask for a better dog to have rescued. He’s the sweetest, brattiest, most rotten dog you’ll ever meet.

I love everything about this momma’s boy – from his early morning belly rubs, stealing whatever food he wants off the counter in his stealth mode, to him giving me the forget you look when I asked if he wanted to come back to college with me or really anything I want him to do that he doesn’t want to do, getting loose at the sale barn in Navasota when Brittney and dad tried to swap him for the weekend, having to switch cars with mom because he wouldn’t get out of my truck (literally he would switch sides of the seat), being the laziest “cow dog” you’ll ever find, sneaking off to the pond to go for a swim at the most inconvenient times, barking and pawing at you when he doesn’t get his way, his love of rawhides and his pickiness that he likes flavored ones better than regular, his precious head tilt, that ridiculous undercoat that he hates getting brushed out, and laying down to eat his food. I could go on and on and on. Oh and his smile 🙂

You will always be my #mcm, momma’s boy, sweet baby, number one man in my life, and my precious levi garrett.

Love you, sweet boy! 🙂 

PS – I’ll have a petsmart bag next time I come home.